7. Volkswagen Golf 2.5
The popular Volkswagen Golf is seventh on the list and is an affordable four-door hatch with a starting price of $20,790. The 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine is good for 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. But just like the Jetta SportWagen previously mentioned on the list, buyers can opt for a clean diesel TDI engine that comes in the form of a 2.0-liter turbo four with 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Again, the Golf TDI starts at $25,995 – just a tad past the $25,000 budget we’re aiming for on the list.